Almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK and around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
There is only a small chance that bowel cancer will come back after five years.